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Mountain lion sighted on Cedar Ravine

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THE MOUNTAIN LION is seen here, circled, on the Weeks' property near Placerville. Photo courtesy Tom Weeks

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From page B1 | October 29, 2012 | 12 Comments

Friday morning, a young mountain lion was spotted by residents living on Gemstone Road, which is off of Cedar Ravine near Quarry Road.

Tom Weeks said he was sitting outside his home around 9 a.m. drinking coffee with his wife. At the time she was reading the newspaper about all the recent sightings of mountain lions and bears. His wife got up to go inside and it was then that Weeks said he saw a young mountain lion about 120 feet away chasing a squirrel. He called to his wife but at first she didn’t believe him.

Weeks said he couldn’t find his camera so he grabbed his iPhone and took a snapshot with the animal looking right at him. Wanting to get a better shot, he walked towards it but the lion ran off into the neighboring woods.

He said the lion looked to be about 60 to 70 pounds.

“This is the first time I’ve seen a lion,” he said. I seen just about every other kind of critter up here — bears, foxes — but never a mountain lion until this morning.”

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or dhodson@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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Discussion | 12 comments

  • DarrinOctober 29, 2012 - 9:24 am

    OMG! Shoot it!

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  • chrispyOctober 29, 2012 - 11:14 am

    I live up here in the Tahoe basin, biologists say there has been a big influx of mountain lions from Nevada over to California. I wonder if that is impacting the foothills. Lived in Hangtown for many years, only saw 1 during that time.

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  • 33/3rdOctober 30, 2012 - 9:16 am

    It's time to start clearing out mountain lions!

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  • Ken SteersOctober 30, 2012 - 10:29 am

    This is how I enjoy Mountain Lions. Mountain Lion Back Strap with Apples and Blueberry Jam Note: Mountain Lion is much like pork and almost any pork recipe will work. Serves 4 Ingredients Needed 1- 2 lb Mountain Lion Back Strap 3 Granny Smith apples peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices 1/2 cup of brown sugar 1/2 stick of butter 1/2 cup of water 3 tablespoons of olive oil Salt and Pepper One jar of blueberry jam In a large frying pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on high heat. Salt and pepper back strap then place in pan and sear and brown all sides of the back strap. Remove from the pan and cover with aluminum foil and bake in a 375 degree oven for 1 hour until done. In the meantime, sauté apples in 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 stick of butter and brown sugar for 5 minutes. Add water until apples have a soft texture and the butter and brown sugar have thickened. When the back strap is done slice onto a serving platter, surround with apples and serve with warm blueberry jam on the side.

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  • chrispyOctober 30, 2012 - 11:51 am

    Hey Ken, scared of a little putty kat? Top predators in my opinion should not be hunted for sport. Scared overweight grown men hunting mountain lions makes me wanna puke.

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  • 33/3rdOctober 30, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    Sounds yummy Ken! Maybe have a mountain lion BBQ? Count me in!

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  • DB SmithOctober 30, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    Could me and the wife come if we brought some Colonel (fried chicken)?

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  • Ken SteersOctober 30, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    I'm sorry but I wasn't allowed to bring my cat meat home. It's against California law. But I do have freezers full of Oryx, Black Buck, Elk, Wild Boar, Salmon, Rock Cod, and Halibut. I'll announce my next open house wild game BBQ. Hey chrispy, eat me...

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  • 33/3rdOctober 30, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    Hey chrispy, scared overweight grown men hunting mountain lions...survival of the fittest! I think mountain lion would be good chrispy fried!

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  • Ken SteersOctober 30, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    D.B. I have found that when you and Jack get going on the democrat socialist haters, it best to just sit back and watch you work. Thank goodness I'm on you people's side.

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 18, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Ken, we found that mountain lion was comparable to very high quality pork loin. Would you agree?

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  • Diana MillerApril 18, 2014 - 2:55 am

    I had a Mountain Lion run out in front of my car as I was driving down Cedar Ravine on Wednesday between Darlington way and Marshall Way on Cedar Ravine in Placerville. FYI... I called the Mountain Democrat to report it and get the word out to the community but nobody bothered to call me back!! I look at it this way..... I tried to warn people!

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